What can you do to help save the planet and live a more environmentally conscious and sustainable life? We began to answer that question last year with the popular workshop series, “Why Green Matters Here.”
Back by popular demand, I’m pleased to announce a new series of workshops–“Why Water Matters Here“–that will focus on this most vital natural resource.
The series begins this Monday, March 30th, 6:30 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor, continues for the next four Monday evenings and culminates with a resource fair on Saturday May 2nd.
The Rogers Park and Edgewater communities celebrate their connection to the lakefront. Through this workshop series, members of the 49th Ward Green Corps and I will show you ways to conserve water, use rain water as a resource, safeguard Lake Michigan water quality, keep storm water and sewage out of your basement, and green our community.
We kick off the series on Monday, March 30th with “Great Lakeside Living: Our Community Identity and Water,” a workshop that examines our community’s relationship to Lake Michigan both past and present. Learn how our very special community, located within the Great Lakes watershed, can play a vital role in caring for this natural resource and how you can make a difference.
We will first talk about how Lake Michigan has shaped our community’s identity, drawing the first settlers and later inspiring citizen action to protect public access to its street-end beaches.
Next, Judy Beck, director of the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, will discuss the impact of global warming on Lake Michigan and the damaging long-term effects on our lake if we fail to address the crisis.
Finally, Ann Whelan, coordinator of the Loyola Park Beach Dunes Restoration Project, will provide an update on the duneland plants and wildlife at the dune restoration site near Pratt Pier. She will also talk about her ongoing work with Loyola University to restore that portion of Loyola Park Beach to its natural condition.
To obtain a complete schedule of the “Why Water Matters Here” workshops, scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail or download a poster for the series here:
Please feel welcome to post it in your building, at the businesses you frequent, at your place of worship, etc.
You can also visit my website at www.ward49.com on the GREEN CORPS page.
Leading the workshop series will be members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Leadership Circle. This is a group of environmental leaders who reside in the community or have long ties to our neighborhood and who have volunteered their time to give direction, provide expertise, and support the work of the Green Corps Action Team. I simply can’t thank them enough for their hard work and commitment to our community.
Supporting this workshop series will be many members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Action Team. These are residents like yourself who have taken the time to engage in environmental stewardship training provided by the City of Chicago’s Department of the Environment Conservation Corps and who have banded together to work on making the 49th Ward a more sustainable and livable community.
Come meet these wonderful neighbors, and join the movement to save our planet and improve our community. The workshops are free. We’ll be raffling off prizes and giving away a few goodies.
I look forward to seeing you Monday, March 30th, and the following four Mondays, at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse on the 2nd Floor.
WHY GREEN MATTERS HERE.
MONDAY NIGHTS at 6:30 PM
(except where otherwise noted)
Loyola Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor
1230 W. Greenleaf at the Lake
FREE ADMISSION – GIVEAWAYS & RAFFLES!
Presented by Alderman Joe Moore’s
49th Ward Green Corps Leadership Circle Members
Susan Lannin, Workshop Series Chair
Mon., March 30 Great Lakeside Living: Our Community Identity & Water
Join us as we explore our community’s relationship to Lake Michigan both past and present. Learn how our very special community, located within the Great Lakes Watershed, can play a vital role in caring for this natural resource and how you can make a difference.
Co-Presented by Judy Beck, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, and Ann Whelan, founder of the Loyola Park Beach Dune Restoration Project
Mon., April 6 Slow the Flow: Energy & Water Use at Home
We’ll get hands-on and learn how to make changes in our homes to conserve water and protect our water supply. In conserving water we also conserve energy. We’ll learn more about how these two things are connected here in our community and how our daily actions make an impact.
Mon., April 13 Bread & Water: Our Local Food Supply and Clean Water for All
Mega-farms and their government subsidies, along with a largely meat-based American diet are contributing to many of our personal and societal ills. We’ll explore the problems, and get to work on solutions as we look at how urban agriculture, farmers markets, and other solutions provide opportunities for local action and renewed health for our water supply and for our families.
Mon., April 20 Please Don’t Drink the Fertilizer: Water and Your Health
Pesticides, fertilizers, factory emissions, and so many other contaminants put our water and our lives at risk. Mercury in our fish, pesticides on our grapes, chemicals on our lawns, pills flushed down our toilets . . . how do we get from here to a better tomorrow? Join us as we learn about integrated pest management options, water supply & wildlife protections and what you can do to protect your family and future generations.
Sat., April 25 North Lake Shore Earth Day Celebration at Loyola University
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Join residents from other north side communities for a full day of environmental workshops and networking in observance of Earth Day. Location: Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building (1050 W. Sheridan). For more information, call 773-508-7450 or visit http://www.luc.edu/earthday/
Mon., April 27 Learning from Others and Taking Action HERE
We’ll dive into Chicago’s Climate Action Plan and look at what other communities are doing individually and collectively to make a difference. 49th Ward Green Corps members will present examples of how one individual working in a supportive community can impact change and send ripples far beyond what they imagined. Explore how you want to fit into this community that is making waves!
Sat., May 2 49th Ward “Go Local” Resource Fair & Eco-Team Building
12 Noon to 4 p.m.
Join us at Loyola Park for an expo of local green resources and an opportunity to meet your like-minded neighbors and get to work. We’ll take what we’ve learned and form local Eco-Action Teams to put our passions into action and make the 49th Ward a more sustainable and livable community. Care about neighborhood bikeability, beach cleanliness, holistic health, community gardening, or ____________ (fill in the blank)? Join us and build your own Eco-Action Team!
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